Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

Andrew Bird with violin, 2009. Credit Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)
Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird spoke with MTPR's Clare Menahan before his show in Missoula earlier this month. Hailing from Lake Forest, Illinois, Bird is a classically trained violinist who also  incorporates guitar, glockenspiel — and whistling — into his music.

From humble beginnings in Moscow, ID, acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999 after graduating from Oberlin College with a self-created “American History Through Narrative Folk Music” major. His albums have been praised for their beautifully spare songwriting, textured imagery and simple lyrics.

John Floridis talks with Ingrid Korvits, the director of Estonia's acclaimed Ellerhein Girls’ Choir. Estonian choral music is a reflection of the country’s centuries-old singing tradition, one that sustained Estonians through the brutality of WWII and the fifty-year Soviet occupation. Even though Estonia overflows with choral music, the Ellerhein choir stands out; they’ve won competitions around the world and have made numerous major-label recordings.

 Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed for nearly two hours for the crowd at the 7th Annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana August 29, 2016.
Anne Hosler

We had a great time at the Crown Guitar Festival Monday, recording shows from Gonzalo Bergara, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge and some talented students from the workshops. Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed for nearly two hours to an adoring audience. Guitarist Gonzalo Bergara presented his own mix of sounds from Paris and his native Argentina. You can hear those performances on MTPR Friday at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Brandi Carlile on stage in 2010.
Kirk Stauffer (CC-BY-2)

At a good live performance, an organic rhythm and energy develops between the audience and the performers.  When Brandi Carlile and her band landed on the stage at Missoula’s Big Sky Brewery with a heartfelt, energetic, fourteen-song set, I felt that synergy in a way I haven’t experienced in many years.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival runs Sunday August 28 through Saturday September 3 in Bigfork. MTPR will be on hand Monday night for the the concert with Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge. Also on the bill is the gypsy jazz of Gonzalo Bergara. You can hear the rebroadcast of that concert Friday, Sept 2  at 8:00 p.m. on MTPR.

Susan Gibson plays live on Montana Public Radio, August 23, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Singer songwriter Susan Gibson joined us for a fun live session during "Freeforms" today. Watch her play "The Hard Stuff" live from MTPR.

Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, performing at the Berkeley (CA) Jazz Festival in 1982.
Brian McMillen (CC-BY-SA-2)

After Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson, no one did more for the vibraphone as a voice in jazz than Bobby Hutcherson. Hutcherson pased away August 15 at the age of 75.

From his early recordings with Al Grey and Billy Mitchell, Jackie McLean, and Grant Green, on through the sixties and seventies, Hutcherson made the vibes a solo voice to be reckoned with. He carried the vibes beyond swing and Be-bop into free jazz, Avant Garde, and soul jazz.

Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies talks about the group's upcoming concert at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, and the four concerts of the ensemble's 32 season, starting in September.

 The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo is Maksim Shtrykov on clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka on piano.
Josh Burnham

The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo of Maksim Shtrykov on clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka on piano played live on Montana Public Radio this morning. See their beautiful performance of Jesus de Monasterio's Adiós a la Alhambra, transcribed for clarinet by Maksim himself.